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MLB Network hires John Entz and Andy Butters
09/29/2008 11:56 AM ET
The MLB Network has hired John Entz, formerly a Vice President and Executive Producer at Fox Sports Net, as the Senior Vice President of Production and Andy Butters, formerly Director of Program Planning at the NFL Network, as Vice President, Programming.

In his new position, Entz will be responsible for overseeing the look and presentation of the MLB Network's studio programming and game coverage. Entz has most recently produced the MLB All-Star Game Red Carpet Show presented by Chevy and BCS Pregame specials for FOX Sports, as well as working on FOX Sports' Super Bowl Pregame coverage. He also has overseen the daily production of Best Damn Sports Show Period and the show's Top 50 Countdown specials since 2005. Prior to joining FOX Sports, Entz won a Sports Emmy award at ESPN as an Associate Producer and Production Assistant on SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight and NFL Primetime.

Butters will be responsible for the developing the network's on air program schedule in his new position with MLB Network. Since 2006, Butters has been responsible for the launch of 13 new series at the NFL Network. Prior to joining the NFL Network, Butters worked at ESPN for 16 years concentrating on the selection of programming relating to MLB, NFL and Motor Sports. He also served as the day-part planner for ESPN's main network in which he determined the show-by-show schedule for the year. A 1983 graduate of Washington & Lee University, he resides in Vernon, CT with his wife Sarah and son Eli.

Entz and Butters will both be reporting to Tony Petitti, President and Chief Executive Officer of the MLB Network.

"John and Andy will bring extensive knowledge and years of cable television experience to help shape the programming and production of the MLB Network," said Petitti.

Projected to launch in approximately 50 million cable and satellite homes on January 1, 2009, MLB Network will exceed any other cable television launch in history by approximately 20 million. With live games, original programming, highlights, classic games, and coverage of baseball events, MLB Network will be the ultimate destination for baseball fans on television.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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